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Michelle Watson sets the career shutout record with her 21st in the win.
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Broncos Beat Rival Chips, 1-0; Watson Makes History

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 10/04/2013
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Michelle Watson made four saves and Aubrey Sudomier netted the game-winning goal with just 5:35 left in the second half as the Western Michigan women’s soccer team defeated Central Michigan, 1-0, at the CMU Soccer Complex on Friday afternoon.

Liz Abro passed the ball to Sudomier 25 yards from the goal and the junior forward turned, beat two CMU defenders and buried it into the far corner of the goal for her third goal of the season. That’s all the Broncos (5-3-2, 3-0 MAC) needed as the defense kept CMU at bay despite being outshot 15-9. The Chippewas were only able to land four shots on goal but Watson was perfect for her record-breaking 21st career shutout. The clean sheet broke Katie Perz’s long-standing mark of 20, which Watson tied two weeks ago in a 4-0 win over Western Illinois.

“It was a good win over a very good team,” said head coach Nate Norman. “I have a lot of respect for Central and the way they played. I am proud of the way the women battled and played to come out with the win.”

Sudomier’s goal extended a point streak to four games, in which she has three goals and four assists for 10 points. The Shelby Township, Mich., native also lead the team with three total shots on the day, landing two on goal. Kylie Nylen and Gina Maddi both had goal-scoring streaks of three games snapped.

Central Michigan was able to dictate play for much of the first 45 minutes, outshooting WMU 10-1. The Broncos responded in the second half, outshooting the Chippewas 8-5.

Western Michigan’s 3-0 start to Mid-American Conference play is its best since the 2005 season when it started 5-0. The Broncos look to remain unblemished on Sunday when they visit Bowling Green for a 1 p.m. game.